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Monday, September 27, 2021

A couple of months after putting online mag Slate on the market, Microsoft may be close to selling it. New York Magazine’s Metro.com is reporting that the Washington Post Company is the likely suitor, in a bid to grab Slate’s high-minded readership.

It’d be a good match. I think the Post would be very likely to launch a print edition of Slate, as well; if they really wanted to exploit the brand, a physical product is the way to do it. One day, we might be seeing copies of Slate on coffeetables.

(Via Dustbury)

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/27/2004 08:16:19 PM
Category: Internet, Publishing
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Tonight is the 50th anniversary of NBC’s “Tonight Show”. The network is marking the occasion by formally announcing that Conan O’Brien will take the reins from Jay Leno in five years.

So much for hoping that O’Brien would improbably join David Letterman at CBS. I can’t believe CBS didn’t dangle the carrot, with speculation that Letterman isn’t going to stick around for too many more years. But I guess O’Brien figures he’s established at NBC, and the network obviously stepped up.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/27/2004 08:00:41 PM
Category: Celebrity, TV
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By now, we’ve all heard about the Pontiac car giveaway promotion stunt on Oprah (that inspired me to give away some Gmail invites — still got some left!). We’ve probably all heard about the downside: Each car recipient is on the hook for a $7,000 tax bill if they keep the car.

While seven grand is a good deal for a brand-new car, paying that lump sum may well be a hardship for some. So the logical solution would be to get rid of the car.

How? I suppose donating it to charity would turn that tax bill into a nice big deduction. However, I’m thinking that these ballyhooed cars must have some collector value to them — a limited run of 276 vehicles that were blessed by Oprah Winfrey.

So I suggest that winners get together and auction off these babies. There are enough Oprah addicts out there who would kill to get their hands on one. Odds are they can get enough money to not only pay off the tax bill, but also to buy a whole other car.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/27/2004 07:37:20 PM
Category: Celebrity, Pop Culture
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Next time you’re in DC, be sure to visit the Washington National Cathedral. Bring your binoculars, because you’ll need them while you’re checking out the northwest tower, where a gargoyle sculpture of Darth Vader proudly sits.

I’m betting this will lead to calls for Jedi religious services to be held at the Cathedral.

Years ago, I was sent a link to the Cathedral’s website that featured a great photo of the Darth sculpture. I assumed it was a Photoshopped trick that some hacker planted onto the site, and had a good laugh. I’m amazed that it’s for real.

(Via Ecumenical Insanity)

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/27/2004 06:53:36 PM
Category: Pop Culture
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After a smoother drive into work than I would have thought likely, I came upon this at my office building:

- All three main elevators were out. My options were to take a maze-like patchwork of service elevators, or else take eight flights of steps. It was too early for navigating through the building’s innards, so I took the stairs.

Had I known I would be hiking up to my office first thing, I would have skipped the light cardio workout I did when I got out of bed. I made it up all eight floors, huffing and puffing.

Naturally, I got word that the elevators started running about five minutes after I sat in my chair. Typical.

- The bathrooms up here somehow got flooded yesterday, resulting in a lot of wet carpet by their entryways. It’s only water, but still kinda disgusting.

Thanks, you bitch.

Actually, the weather is shaping up to be rather pleasant — only a few scattered clouds against a nice blue sky, and relatively cool. Go figure.

by Costa Tsiokos, Mon 09/27/2004 10:58:24 AM
Category: Florida Livin', Weather
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